R.E.M.'s commercial breakthrough from 1987 still sounds like a perfect mix of the band's indie spirit and the desire for something more (indeed – they jumped labels for their next album, collecting a hefty paycheck). The key tracks – "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," "The One I Love" – are balanced by some of the group's most political songs like "Exhuming McCarthy." This two-CD reissue includes a live disc.
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